Sugar, sugar

I have become a fan of Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. He says what I think but I thought nobody else has realised it and that I am the only one who has to fight the trend.

There is little point in putting in all that training, just to ruin or prevent progress but having the wrong type of diet.

I try to avoid processed food, some fats and take-aways. But what mountain am I trying to climb here. Seeing that most people are so busy with work, bringing kids to sports clubs, that there is little time to freshly cook food at home.

In fact the first thing I did myself, when I got my most recent job was to pre-cook and freeze food portions to avoid reliance on take-aways or packet foods.

I am lucky, I now do have the time available to cook but the vast majority of people is not able to do so. Ready-meals are often the norm but Hugh quite rightly says, it has been recognised that eating highly processed food doesn’t stimulate the body to chew and digest the food.

Gutt microbes exist and they become more and better according to the variety of foods we are eating. The less energy we spend preparing food, the less the body and ultimately our whole physique gets challenged, the laziness settles in and with it comes obesity.

I am now looking at the sugar content on packs and start to realised that the favourite cereal has a third of sugar content. So that one is restricted to once a week until the weaning off process is completed.

I really avoid fast food shops, I do not order take-aways but admit we went to the local Nandos on Church Street, Stoke Newington because the Nandos restaurant food there is the healthiest in my view. I realised that healthy restaurants charge more than the £1.99 fast-food deals that are around. We tried to treat ourselves after volunteering for the mornings Swimathon.

Generally I am very disappointed that many high street shops have disappeared in favour of fast food outlets. I can understand that hard-up people who cannot afford to pay their energy bills rely on such outlets to get cooked food.

But that is all to do with politics and I do wish that parents and health professionals complain to their Members of Parliament more often to state that they need a healthy diet. There are some like Jamie Oliver who fought for better school meals but children do not eat just at school, they eat at home too.